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One of the top stayers in training – winning the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in 2016 before being beaten a short head by Big Orange
The Galileo colt won the Gold Cup in 2016 tremendous style by three lengths from Mizzou last year despite Ryan Moore, his jockey, calculating he had to ride “four different races” in what was a rough renewal.
Order Of St George had at least 8lb in hand of his rivals going into the Gold Cup according to the handicapper – not surprising given he was the highest-rated horse in Ireland in 2015 (rating of 124) after a runaway 11-length win in the Irish St Leger.
He easily won his next race after the Gold Cup but then suffered a shock defeat, at 1-7, when defending his Irish St Leger crown.
He showed that to be all wrong when dropped back in trip for the Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe – running a blinder to finish third behind stablemates Found and Highland Reel.
Order Of St George was possibly still feeling the effects of that effort when only fourth in the Group Two QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot on Champions Day.
He began his 2017 campaign with a creditable second at Navan in a Group 3 races over 1m 6f before landing the Beg Stakes at Leopardstown over the same trip.
Then came that agonising defeat at Royal Ascot, before a second runaway win in the Irish St Leger and a dour victory in the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup on Champions Day at Ascot.
On his penultimate start, Order Of St George formed part of a five-strong team for Aidan O’Brien in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and fared best of them in finishing fourth to Enable.
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